For low or fixed-income homeowners who are aging, repairs and upgrades to your house can be costly and daunting. That's where the Ontario Renovates program can help.
Run by the City of Ottawa and funded by the Province, the Ontario Renovates program provides funding for eligible homeowners and landlords for necessary repairs and accessibility modifications to support independent living. The program provides funding for eligible applicants up to a maximum amount of $20,000.
- Eligible homeowners are
- Persons 65 years of age or older
- People with disabilities
Families with a household member who is a senior or person with a disability may be eligible if property value and income criteria are also met. Visit the Ontario Renovates page at ottawa.ca for income requirements.
Funding is available to homeowners to upgrade or modify items such as:
- electrical and heating systems, including chimneys
- doors and windows
- foundations, roofs, walls, floors and ceilings
- septic systems, well water, and well drilling
- fire safety
- cues for doorbells or fire alarms
- ramps, handrails, chair and bath lifts, height-adjusted countertops
The Ontario Renovates program can also assist landlords. The program provides funding to modify existing units or buildings to make them more accessible and in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
Landlords can apply for funding for repairs including:
- Chair and bath lifts
- Countertops height adjustments
- Cues for doorbells and fire alarms
Want to apply? Complete the form from the Ontario Renovates page at ottawa.ca. Funding is available until March 2018.
For more information about the Ontario Renovates program, please call our information line at 613-580-2424 ext. 12300 or email Ontariorenovates@ottawa.ca.